Sat.Jul 02, 2011 - Fri.Jul 08, 2011

Phones and Laptops at Conferences: Friends or Enemies?

Reid All About it

This morning I was reminded that I spend a lot of my time in a world that’s very different than the world many others live in. Maybe I’m in a bubble. When the citizens of my world go to an educational session or a conference, we bring our laptops and phones.

NFP Treats: MarComm Week! - a blog & resource

Portage Group

Google+ Introductory Tutorial


Why reinvent the wheel when awesome honorary SocialFish John Haydon has recorded this fab 101 video for getting started with Google+ ? Thank you John! Here’s John’s rundown of what’s in this video. Original post is here. 00:45 – Filtering Streams. 01:25 – Sparks.

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More Problems With Control

Jamie Notter

I am not a fan of the idea of control. I actually hadn't given it too much thought prior to a few years ago when the theme of clarity over control emerged as a part of the social media revolution

Get Your Message Out With an Op-Ed

Wild Apricot Blog

Has your organization considered an Op-Ed? If you have a compelling message and a subject matter expert with unique insight and expertise, an Op-Ed piece might be just what you need.( read more ). nonprofit Non-profit public relations publicity

Get Your Free Highlight Report - a blog & resource

Portage Group

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Associations Report Jump in New Members, Renewals, and Total

Membership Marketing

Membership organizations reported a triple play in membership numbers in the soon to be released 2011 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report. From this year's survey, which included 650 participating associations

Need Answers? Try an Online Survey

Wild Apricot Blog

If you want to know what your members or supporters think - ask them through an online survey. Here are some tips on how you can get feedback quickly and easily and types of online survey tools available.( read more ). member engagement surveys

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The Hourglass Blog: Careful What You Complain About

The Hourglass Blog

This post's inspiration is this HBR post from Michael Schrage. Read it. It's all about a company leader's need to pay attention to his/her people's complaints about their customers. Few things say more about organizational

IMPORTANT:Google+ for Businesses


Interested in your association or nonprofit being a beta test partner for Google as they build out the business side of Google+? Fill out this form. Of course we think it’s very important for them to test this with nonprofits as well as for profits. If you get in, let us know how it goes

Success at an Annual Conference: WHAT'S THAT?

Tom Morrison

So you've registered for this event called an annual conference, with hundreds or thousands of attendees, and an overwhelming number of learning labs. You spent the time convincing a supervisor, CEO, or yourself, that the

Apricots Meet Aussies - Connecting with Clients

Wild Apricot Blog

Online communication is effective, but it's great to meet face-to-face with clients, members and supporters if/when possible. Here's our story of an unexpected and welcomed visit from our clients down under and insight on how to connect with Wild Apricot.( read more ). member communication Wild Apricot

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Be Careful of Format Fetish

Idea Architects

I loved being a part of the IGNITE presentations earlier this year at the ASAE Great Ideas Conference and look forward to doing another IGNITE, Toward a More Sustainable You , at the Annual Meeting in August. To see the enthusiasm for different content delivery approaches has been great. But I'm experiencing a slight unease and deja vu as I see some conference planners rush to add IGNITE talks to their conference schedules.

Breaking the Rules…


Our article on associations Breaking the Rules for Open Community made the cover story of Associations Now – whoo hoo! Can’t wait to get my hard copy in the mail… Here’s the summary: Web 2.0

Plexus Consulting Group?: Where are our Leaders?

Plexus Consulting

by Steven Worth When leaders have so much vested in just keeping their jobs, are they able, in fact, to lead? When stakeholders realize that the one they have chosen to lead them is so desperately trying to hold onto their job

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A Crash Course in Landing Pages : Off Stage

Off Stage

We're talking internet marketing here. No matter whether you own a website as an association, MLS, or brokerage, if you don't know about landing pages for your web site, you're missing a huge marketing opportunity

Leadership Limerick: Traditions Matter

Idea Architects

Every Monday, I offer a leadership limerick, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form. Searching for leadership limerick will identify previous posts. Traditions unite many as one They can be somber, serious, or fun Community is the ultimate aim Diverse people experiencing the same Passing on meaning is what has been done Fireworks. Holiday caroling. Tossing the bride's bouquet. Lighting the Menorah. Hunting Easter eggs. Saying Grace before a meal.

Happy Independence Day!


Here’s what the view will be tonight from Cardozo High School in DC near my house… hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Happy Fourth of July from all of us at SocialFish

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Plexus Consulting Group?: Six Questions for Globalization: Part One

Plexus Consulting

Six Questions for Globalization: Part One. by Virgil A. Carter Six Questions for Globalization Is your non-profit organization considering globalization? Or have you already begun efforts towards becoming a global organization

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Is This For Real?

The Membership Blog

I hate to bring up a topic that’s been around for many years and been aired before, but it just popped its ugly head again and I have to comment. The association for which I serve as Executive VP is having a meeting next week and I just got the estimate for my audio-visual requirements from the vendor. Now, get this. Here are my TOTAL a/v needs (we’re in a large resort hotel): First night – 1 microphone to make some after dinner announcements.

Losing Members?


I just had a quick glance through the MGI Benchmark report on association membership trends. Two numbers pretty much jumped out at me. The first was the top reason that individuals chose to join an association: 24% indicated that their motivation was to network with others in the field. The second was the top reason that individuals chose not to renew their membership: 36% indicated a perceived lack of value associated with their membership.

How the APMA ties social media to membership management


Register for Engaging Members with Social CRM , our next FREE Think Tank webinar with Jessica Etter, from the American Podiatric Medical Association. Jessica will share how she used Social Customer Relationship Management (Social CRM) practices to find and connect with current and potential members on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Get how-to advice for focusing your efforts, connecting with the right people, and setting (then surpassing!) meaningful social media goals.

Mizz Information: Why I'm not Giddy Over Google+

Mizz Information

If you're a geek, you already know what Google+ is. If you're not, this seems like a decent primer (I admit I just Googled it and picked the first link, so apologies if that's actually a flawed or otherwise not great explanation

Implementing a Successful Cause Marketing Campaign

AMR Management Services

Drake & Company recently donated 100 hours of staff time to build a cause marketing program for the Chesterfield Arts Make Your Mark levee mural project, held June 4. Jill Mahoney and I were the project managers

Social Networking in Associations


Social networking communities are proven, valuable tools for connecting their members around areas of common interest. The most noteworthy example, Facebook, has a membership base of 500 million members engaging in social activities. Another example is LinkedIn, a professional networking site with 70 million members. Given these numbers it is no surprise that many (if not most) of your members and 92% of associations are using some form of social media.



Welcome to the AssociCom blog! AssociCom is web-based software to help associations and clubs maintain dynamic online communities. We believe that by fostering communication and collaboration we can create tighter bonds amongst members and with the association itself. The result: members who are more satisfied, leading ultimately to increases in membership and a more vibrant association.

Mizz Information: Want a Google+ Business Page? You Better.

Mizz Information

In case you haven't read enough blog posts about Google+ this week, here are two more you shouldn't miss if you have a business interest in using Google+: Google+ Brand Pages Coming in Two Weeks and Nonprofits